Symphony 4 / Tragic Overture インポート
この演奏には、レナード・バーンスタインの意図的なテンポの誇張は音楽を止めようとしているのではないかと思わせる瞬間がときどきある。ブラームスをこのようなやり方で“助ける”必要があると彼はなぜ感じたのか、これはまさにいまだ解決されない多くの謎のひとつである。われわれが持つのはわれわれの耳を通して聴いた証拠だけであり、それはいかに演奏や録音がよくてもバーンスタインのブラームスはがらくたにすぎないことを、そして世界でもっとも名高いディスコグラフィーのひとつでも評価が低いことを告げている。(David Hurwitz, Amazon.com)
I can understand someone not being taken in by this performance. Listeners who insist on fidelity to the composer's tempo markings--Bernstein turns "Andante moderato" and "Allegro Energico" into "Adagio molto" and "Andante"--will be disappointed. But for me, Bernstein's only peers in the 4th are Kleiber and Furtwangler (and Haitink and Karajan, if I'm feeling generous). This recording features better sound than any of the other conductors listed got, the only flaw being some glassiness in the treble typical for early digital recordings.
I guess part of it is that I can deal with slower Beethoven, at least with the 3rd and 9th(to an extent). But I don't feel that this approach works as well for Brahms, for whatever reason.
There are some good points to this account - the first movement is pulled off fairly well, although a bit too emotive for Brahms' rather restrained compositional style. The second movement, as Hurwitz correctly states (for once!) is agonizingly slow, to the point of sheer tedium. Probably the highlight of the performance is a surprisingly boisterous Scherzo, but once this ends, we are back to a snail-pace in the Finale. All in all, not terrible, but not great either. I'm not a speed-freak in terms of tempo, but at a certain point you need to adhere at least remotely to the composer's markings. For example, if the Finale is marked "allegro energico e passionato - piu allegro", then it should be pretty quick. Here, though, we get allegretto, tops.
In spite of all this, there are some fine moments; the Scherzo as I previously mentioned, and much of the first movement. But another detriment to the recording is the horribly dry early digital sound, which, as another reviewer stated, really sucks the life out of the strings and makes the brass sound exceedingly harsh. Overall, you should buy it if you really love Lenny (I'm so-so on him), especially late Lenny. If you like slow Brahms (but not this slow), try Giulini's 1970 recording with the Chicago Symphony on EMI. It is slow, but more cohesive overall than this account.
But for some more authoritative recent 4th's, look to Abbado, Karajan, or Kleiber.
The first movement is forever with me. I think about it as much as any other piece of classical music that may enter and linger in my mind from time to time. The music flows twisting in its emotions and swirling concord, dancing like ghosts with changing disposition. Playful, sweet, and purposeful are the plucked strings changing into crescendoing brass then booming percussion. This weatherlike music flutters and shutters with full exuberant reverberations.
Awesome is this Symphony!! Purchase it without any doubt if not for the 1st movement alone !! BUY IT !! NOW !!! Think of the "Tragic Overture" as an added bonus !!
Great job Bernstein !!!!
Good day friends !